A Hythe care home marked 80 years since D-Day with a 1940s-themed garden party.

The nostalgic celebration took place at Care UK's Carpathia Grange on Southampton Road, on June 6.

Royal pageant master Bruno Peek CVO OBE OPR coordinated the event as part of the nationwide 'D-Day 80 Lamp Light of Peace' tribute.

Over 100 Care UK homes, along with the Forces Charities and the Merchant Navy Association, participated.

Attendees enjoyed live music, speeches, and a buffet at Carpathia Grange while donned in their finest 1940s attire.

Resident Moira Wilde, 87, lit a special lamp symbolizing post-WWII peace, recollecting visions of warships returning to their harbours.

Ms Wilde said: "I was absolutely honoured and thrilled to be asked to light the lantern in remembrance. I can remember when the ships returned all over the country – especially in Hythe, Southampton and Portsmouth, with many men and women coming home from the battles.

"It is so important to continue to celebrate and remember D-Day to honour the memories of all the forces. I was thrilled to see so many from the younger generation joining in."

The event also saw pupils from Noadswood School, who eagerly soaked in the shared memories.

Pooja Dhoot, Home Manager at Carpathia Grange, said: "We were delighted to join this nationwide initiative and mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

"Reminiscence activities are a great way for older people, and those living with dementia, to connect with those around them and help maintain a sense of identity. The residents have been sharing their own stories and memories – it’s been fantastic to hear everyone’s experiences and learn from one another.

"It really was a heartfelt day for everyone involved."